service: command not found

Posted March 29, 2017 58.1k views
DebianLinux Commands

I am trying to setup a VPN via this tutorial:
and when I try the command: service pptpd restart it gives me this error:

service: command not found

Anyone that can help?

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3 answers

I actually fixed my problem, You need to run sudo service pptpd restart because I think the service command is only a root command!

  • @Chadley

    For Debian, sudo is what you’ll want to use when running commands that would normally be executed as root. On derivatives, such as Ubuntu, unless you create a sudo user yourself, it doesn’t matter and you can run with or without sudo.

    That said, creating a sudo user is always advised as root should be locked and only used to initially setup the system.

That guide was probably written for Ubuntu and since you’re on Debian, you need to do this:

sudo systemctl restart pptpd

So we’re just replace service with systemctl and then moving around in the commands.